Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards

Editor Alan Baumgarten’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 topped the dramatic feature editing category of American Cinema Editors’s 71st ACE Eddie Awards, while Palm Springs’s Matthew Friedman and Andrew Dickler won the category for best edited comedic feature. This is Baumgarten’s third ACE, who also accepted Eddies for American Hustle in 2014 and Recount in 2009. It was the first Eddie … Continue reading “Chicago 7, Palm Springs top ACE Eddie Awards”

‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards

Sunday, the Critics Choice Association (CCA) announced the  winners of the inaugural Critics Choice Super Awards during a special presentation broadcast on  The CW. Produced remotely following COVID safety protocols, the ceremony was hosted by  writer/director/podcaster Kevin Smith and actress/writer Dani Fernandez, and honored the most  popular, fan-obsessed genres across both television and movies, including Superhero/Comic Book,  Science Fiction/Fantasy, Horror, … Continue reading “‘Palm Springs,’ ‘Soul’ lead Critics Choice Super Awards”

‘Dani’ wins Best Animated Short at Palm Springs

Danielle Hernandez discovered she had stage 4 breast cancer in her early 30’s. No matter your age, that diagnosis is as devastating as one can get. Some people fight back. Some unfortunately crumble. Worse, others succumb to it. However, in Hernandez’s case, she inspired a wonderful stop-motion animated short film made by her former roommate, … Continue reading “‘Dani’ wins Best Animated Short at Palm Springs”

Remembering actress Cindy Williams

Laverne & Shirley and American Graffiti star Cindy Williams passed away this week at age 75. Williams played the title role of Shirley Feeney opposite Penny Marshall who played Laverne DeFazio on the hit show Laverne & Shirley, which was a spin-off of Happy Days. The two also appeared on Happy Days. Williams passed away … Continue reading “Remembering actress Cindy Williams”

Wild Gift signs wildly gifted Rylee Jean Ebsen

Creative collective Wild Gift, home to some of advertising and entertainment’s most exciting storytellers, welcomes Rylee Jean Ebsen to the company for commercials. A Telly-award winning comedy director and writer, and alumnus of the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Ebsen also recently was honored as Best Director at the Women’s Chicago Comedy Film Festival for … Continue reading “Wild Gift signs wildly gifted Rylee Jean Ebsen”

Lauren Greenfield’s Girl Culture evolves into INSTITUTE

Lauren Greenfield’s award-winning commercial production company Girl Culture Films today enters a new phase as INSTITUTE. Marking an evolution for this brand, this change will broaden its directorial roster to be more inclusive of all underrepresented talent regardless of gender, furthering its mission of uplifting diverse storytellers in advertising. The expansion will also offer greater … Continue reading “Lauren Greenfield’s Girl Culture evolves into INSTITUTE”

Colin Francis Costello’s Storage wins Best Narrative Short Film twice

Colin Francis Costello’s latest short film, Storage, won both the Best U.S. Narrative Shorts at Silicon Beach Film Festival and Palm Springs Shorts last weekend. The short, which explores accepting and letting go of past loves before moving on, shares the story of Rachel (played by Laura Huckaby) who wakes up in a basement storage room with no … Continue reading “Colin Francis Costello’s Storage wins Best Narrative Short Film twice”

Madeline Clayton directs touching spots for Mayo Clinic

Working with TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, Curfew has produced two spots for Mayo Clinic Health System with director Madeline Clayton at the helm. The two thirty-second spots, “Pet Rock,” and “Stairs,” highlight the special attention medical providers give at Mayo Clinic Health System, where Clayton’s spots showcase how their patients are more than just a number … Continue reading “Madeline Clayton directs touching spots for Mayo Clinic”

BB24 announces 16 houseguests before tonight’s premiere

It’s July so you know what comes with the month — Fireworks bigger than the fourth. That’s right all of the comedy, trauma, stress, secret alliances, showmances and arguing are back as Big Brother (BB24) takes over our TVs for another summer Or is it a therapy session? In case you don’t know, Big Brother … Continue reading “BB24 announces 16 houseguests before tonight’s premiere”

Charlie Mysak sees future with Rakish

Artist-driven production boutique Rakish has added Charlie Mysak to its roster of talent. Having started his career in the docu-space across film and TV, an undercurrent of realism runs through Charlie’s work. Pairing pure human narrative with rich cinematography, Charlie creates highly visual, emotionally grounded stories steeped in substance. “The intimacy at the heart of Charlie’s work is undeniable. … Continue reading “Charlie Mysak sees future with Rakish”

Director Jian Luo “Layla” joins Society

Creative production company Society has expanded its directorial roster with the addition of director Jian Luo (“Layla”), her first U.S. representation. A global citizen with a natural curiosity and intrigue of the human condition, Layla’s work showcases rich cultural experiences with stunningly cinematic backdrops. With international work for such top clients as Mercedes and Nescafé, … Continue reading “Director Jian Luo “Layla” joins Society”

Public Record signs director Zoé Salicrup Junco

Brooklyn-based production and entertainment company Public Record has tapped film and commercial director Zoé Salicrup Junco for her first official US commercial representation.  Devoting her filmmaking career to unpacking the humanity of underrepresented communities, she crafts relatable works prioritizing compelling storytelling, diverse casting, and a visual style rooted in authenticity. Her accessible, yet emotionally raw … Continue reading “Public Record signs director Zoé Salicrup Junco”

Light Iron promotes Ethan Schwartz to Senior Colorist

Light Iron, the post-production creative-services division of Panavision, is thrilled to announce that Ethan Schwartz has been promoted to Senior Colorist. Based out of Light Iron’s Los Angeles facility, Schwartz will continue to support clients globally. Schwartz’s recent credits include the series What We Do in the Shadows and MacGruber and the features Pink Skies Ahead and Palm Springs. He joined Light Iron … Continue reading “Light Iron promotes Ethan Schwartz to Senior Colorist”

Reel 360’s 5 Super Bowl ads that hit and 3 that missed

We’ve survived another day and night of Hard Seltzers (Does anyone drink beer anymore?) wings, and stuffing our faces with more chips than can be found in any chip or snack aisle. We’re also a little deaf from all the cheering in our hotel suite for our home city, the Super Bowl champion Rams. Congrats … Continue reading “Reel 360’s 5 Super Bowl ads that hit and 3 that missed”

Ahnuld and Salma Hayek are Zeus and Hera in BMW Super Bowl spot

Car advertising will be huge during Super Bowl LVI. We have seen spots from Kia, G-M and now, BMW. The automaker will debut a new 60-second ad during the Big Game to showcase its All-New, fully electric BMW iX Sports Activity Vehicle, which arrives in the US next month. The star-studded spot features legendary actor Arnold Schwarzenegger … Continue reading “Ahnuld and Salma Hayek are Zeus and Hera in BMW Super Bowl spot”

IATSE memo answers vital strike questions for members

According to an October 13th press release, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) International president Matthew Loeb announced that a nationwide strike against the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) will begin Monday, October 18th, 2021, at 12:01am Pacific Time, if a deal isn’t struck with the organization by then. The International … Continue reading “IATSE memo answers vital strike questions for members”

Scarface remake, Beverly Hills Cop 4 among 23 California Tax Credit films

The California Film Commission today announced that 23 feature films have been selected for the latest round of tax credits under the state’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program. They include 13 independent and 10 non-independent projects by a wide range of filmmakers including Aziz Ansari (Untitled Aziz Ansari Project), Kenya Barris (Untitled Jonah Hill … Continue reading “Scarface remake, Beverly Hills Cop 4 among 23 California Tax Credit films”

Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has extended invitations to join the organization to 395 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Membership selection decisions are based on professional qualifications, with representation, inclusion and equity remaining a priority of Academy Aperture 2025.  The 2021 class is 46% … Continue reading “Academy: Jonathan Majors, Issa Rae among 395 invites”

Made for Love: HBO Max renews acclaimed series

We are huge fans of the absurd comedy Made for Love which debuted earlier this year on HBO Max. Now the streamer has renewed the Max Original series for a second season. Yay. The critically acclaimed, dark comedy ranks among HBO Max’s top original half-hours since launch. Based on the novel by Alissa Nutting, Made for … Continue reading “Made for Love: HBO Max renews acclaimed series”

Director Paul Trillo joins ArtClass

Bicoastal production company ArtClass has signed director Paul Trillo to their roster for U.S. commercial and branded content representation. Trillo is an LA-based director who challenges both curiosity and illusion. His varied interests in technology, comedy, and visual design permeate throughout his work as he is in constant pursuit of new filmmaking techniques – from … Continue reading “Director Paul Trillo joins ArtClass”